Thursday, January 8, 2009

The Three Kings

In the Latin culture, Christmas isn't over until the Three Kings come with rich gifts for the baby Jesus on January 6. Children put a little box with grass and water for the camels and they put their shoes out so the Three Kings can leave gifts in them. In the morning, the grass and water is gone and their shoes are filled with gifts. The day of the Three Kings is greatly celebrated among the Latin culture. A sweet bread called Three Kings Bread is prepared in the shape of a crown with cherry candies for jewels. A little plastic baby is baked inside the sweet bread. It represents the baby Jesus. The person who finds it in their piece of sweet bread is the person who will bring the sweet bread to the celebration the following year.


Well, this Three Kings Day brought me gifts that were on my Christmas Wish List plus an unexpected surprise. At the end of the day of January 6th, I got a temporary computer. It is a laptop that I can use until the computer that was ordered for me comes in. Today, I received a small side table, which is great, because the desk is very small and very narrow. My filing cabinet has not come in yet. I am grateful that I finally have these things, but today, I requested a chair, because the chair I am in is too big for me, and I keep sliding off of it. LOL... Before I know it, I am already at the very end of it.



The boy from my first approved case came to see me on Tuesday. When I told him that he would be leaving Wednesday morning, he looked as if he had gone into shock and disbelief. His whole face lit up. It was hard for him to concentrate when I explained how he would need to complete the forms that he would need to mail to transfer his case. Well, today, I received a phone call from him and his mother. They kept saying thank you over and over again. Makes me happy to hear that they are so happy to be together.



My second case was approved today. I called the boy's father about the airfare today. I hope the father doesn't tell the boy yet, but since the boy is scheduled to make his phone call tonight, the dad will probably beat me to the gun. Grrr... LOL @ I like to wait until the day before they leave to tell them. Makes it more exciting to see their reaction...



I have a third case almost ready to submit for approval. I predict that this one will go faster than the others, because I won't have to wait on airfare for him. His parents live in Texas, so they will be coming to pick him up. I love that, because I will have front row seats to witness the reunification. I can hardly wait to see how that one is going to go! If all goes well, that means that I might have two kids leaving the shelter next week to be reunited with their families. (fingers crossed)



Today, Frenchie asked me how I was doing on my diet. I told her that I had the money in my hands to give to the cause, but I was told that I was going to get some support out of it and when I didn't get it, I changed my mind about joining. I kind of made a joke of it, but I was only telling the truth.



My weight loss journey will probably go past their deadline, but it's only, because I plan to turn my weight loss journey inside out. I don't want it to be just a diet. I want to turn it into a healthy lifestyle.



On a sad note, an assistant supervisor got demoted by email. I wonder what happened. Why couldn't they have told her in person? She is no longer allowed to come to the Administration building. Makes me sad for her because she was always so helpful.

7 comments:

Joyce said...

Sounds like your life has changed dramatically in the last couple of months Wini. I'm very happy for you...working and losing weight. Next it will be an apartment and then a boy friend. You go girl.
Hugs, Joyce

Shadow said...

well, you're the smart one to loose weight by changing your lifestyle. and demotion by e-mail???? that's unheard of.....

Estela said...

Good for you for hanging on to your bucks. Use that money to buy more of the food items you need. You're doing it on your own and proving to yourself that it can be done!

Estela

Myra said...

Once you change your lifestyle, the weight will come off and STAY off! Demoted via e-mail?? Just shows the unprofessionalism of whoever is managing the place...that is just so rude! They need a class on "delivering the difficult messages"!

Linda said...

Thanks for sharing custom the three Kings day I never heard of it before but it is very interesting. I am in the process of losing weight also. I joined weight watchers in November. Good Luck! Linda

Indigo said...

I never knew of the 3 Kings celebration. You learn something new every day. Sounds like your doing a wonderful job with the kids sweet friend. I agree with you, I think the supervisor should of at least had the courtesy to be told in person. To demote someone in email just seems tasteless. (Hugs)Indigo

Senorita said...

We celebrated Three Kings Day in Spain. It was a holiday and I remember eating the bread and looking for the Jesus in the bread.

Good luck in your weight loss journey........